Matt Reeves is best known for writing and directing Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and War for the Planet of the Apes at 20th Century Studios and Chernin Entertainment, for which he gained near-universal acclaim. When Ben Affleck stepped down from directing and starring duties on film The Batman for Warner Bros, Reeves was brought in to replace him, and rewrote the entire script with Peter Craig and Mattson Tomlin.
Reeves created a film set in its own world as opposed to the DC Extended Universe, recast Affleck with Robert Pattinson, and focused on the detective aspect of the character as opposed to the action aspect. The film was a massive success, and a sequel and several spin-offs were greenlit. Reeves' work often features striking color contrast in his visuals, and dark, mature themes that encompass a serious and emotional atmosphere.
- Reeves previously worked with Andy Serkis, who portrayed Alfred Pennyworth in The Batman, in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and War for the Planet of the Apes, where Serkis portrayed the main character, Caesar. Dylan Clark also produced Reeves' Apes films and The Batman.
- Reeves is the second director to make both a Batman film and a Planet of the Apes film. The first was Tim Burton, who directed Batman, Batman Returns, and the 2001 Planet of the Apes remake.